Welcome! Thank you for joining us for worship this morning. In our service we gather before our almighty God to offer him our worship and praise. We also gather to strengthen ourselves through the study of God’s holy and powerful Word.
Restrooms are located in the link way (through the Information Room and down the stairs) at St. John’s and lower level at Emmanuel.
Nursery In the lower level of both churches, the service is available to watch on TV and children have space for their needs. At St. John’s exiting church, it is located down the stairs to the left, to the link way, and down the stairs again to the left. At Emmanuel exiting church, it is located down the hallway to the right.
|Our Need for Christian Community|
|The Lost Are Now Found|
|You Are Free to Be Yourself|
|You Are Perfectly Safe Here|
|You Have an Everlasting Family|
|You are Part of Christ’s Glorious Kingdom|
Our Worship Series Read through Scripture and count the times it refers to believers as “brothers and sisters.” You will reach the triple digits quickly. The Holy Spirit is deliberate with his choice of words. If he frequently refers to the Church in those terms, there can be only one explanation. He wants us to think of each other as family. We understand the important roles a mother and father play. We know the joys (and challenges) of having siblings. Do we grasp that it is just as important that we have a spiritual family? Scripture teaches that what unites us to our spiritual family is infinitely more powerful than any biological bond. Moreover, you can lose a blood relative. They can be taken away from you by death. But you will enjoy the companionship of your spiritual family for all eternity. In this worship series, we will look at how our Father knits us together in love and unity into a spiritual family. We will see the benefits of being part of this family. In the Church, Christ has given us a better home.
Our Theme for Today “Army of One” was the shortest-lived recruiting slogan in US military history. It was meant to stress the strength of the individual. The Army dropped the slogan relatively quickly because they realized it was contrary to the reality that, in the army, you are completely reliant upon your team. In a stressful situation, the individual can be overwhelmed. He or she needs others. God knows this. The first time God looked at Creation and noticed something was off, the issue was that an individual (Adam) was isolated. “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). Humans are hardwired by God to need fellowship, not just with him, but with one another. So, God is determined to bring believers into a loving, nurturing community—the Church.
Perhaps you have been a part of this Christian family for a long time. Perhaps you once belonged to a church, but for whatever reason drifted away. Perhaps you have never belonged to a church. Whatever may be the case for you, mayGod bless you as you listen to his Word today. May he help us all to realize that this Christiancommunity—this spiritual home—is something we badly need. Welcome home!
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|SERVICE OF WORD & SACRAMENT|
|This service offers the congregation a form of worship that focuses on the proclamation of God’s Word and the celebration of Holy Communion.|
✠ Gathering ✠
Sunday CHOIR SINGS — Day By Day
Wednesday HYMN 365 Love Diving, All Love Excelling
M: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION
M: God has called us to live as family. Yet, our love for God and for each other is not what it should be. Our priorities and choices are often flawed. But the power of God’s love enables us to live a new life. Let us confess our sins to God and ask for his forgiveness.
C: Almighty God, merciful Father, I confess to you that I have not loved you with all my heart. In what I have done and left undone, I have pursued my ways instead of your ways. I have not loved my brothers and sisters as myself. For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity. I am truly sorry for my sins. I repent of them.
I beg for your mercy, O Lord.
Silence for meditation
M: Forgive us for the sake of Jesus Christ who suffered and died for us.
C: Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
M: God has been merciful to us and has sent his Son to die for all. For his sake, God forgives our sins and empowers us to be his people. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
M: Our Lord Jesus Christ has forgiven us and reconciled us to God and has promised us the power to forgive and love each other. In the peace of forgiveness, let us praise the Lord.
After a brief introduction, all sing:
TO GOD ON HIGH BE GLORY Gloria in Excelsis
PRAYER OF THE DAY
M: O Lord Jesus Christ,
preserve the family of believers with your never-failing mercy.
Bind us together with the bond of your love.
Help us avoid whatever is wicked and harmful,
and guide us in the way that leads to our salvation;
for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
✠ The Word ✠
FIRST LESSON Ecclesiastes 4:7-12
Scripture says that people are not
wired to be rugged individuals. God created us to need
one another. Two are better than one. Even better is having Christ as the third strand
within a relationship. He provides the love and grace that keeps that bond strong.
Again I saw something meaningless under the sun: There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless—a miserable business!
Two are better than one, because
they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one
can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
PSALM OF THE DAY Psalm 133 How Very Good and Pleasant
Together, together we lift our voices to the Lord.
Together, together we shout our praise to his name.
Through water and his Word the Spirit makes us family.
Salvation and new life are ours to share with everyone.
You servants of the Lord, now in his house lift up your hands and praise
the Lord who made the heavens and the earth.
SECOND LESSON Hebrews 2:9-18 (today’s sermon text)
Jesus became our brother so that by
his suffering, death and resurrection he might
unite us to himself and knit us together into a spiritual family
But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.” And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.”
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
VERSE OF THE DAY
M: Alleluia! I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;
in the assembly I will sing your praises. Alleluia!
GOSPEL Matthew 11:25-30
Jesus wants us in his family so that he might give us rest and peace.
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
M: This is the Gospel of our Lord.
C: Praise be to you, O Christ!
Please be seated
HYMN OF THE DAY — 532 God Is Here! As We His People
SERMON Hebrews 2:9-18 “The Author of Salvation”
- Is your suffering brother
- Is your conquering high priest
CONFESSION OF FAITH Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Please be seated
✠ Offering & Prayers ✠
The ushers now gather the “Thank-Offering.” Members of this congregation show their thanks to God for all he has done for them by returning a portion of their income to the Lord. Through these free will offerings, this congregation and its ministries are maintained. Guests need not feel obligated to contribute. Please also sign our Friendship Registers and greet one another.
The Offering Prayer, Prayer for the Need for Christian Community and Intercessory Prayers are spoken by pastor. Please see announcements for those on our Intercessory Prayers list.
M: We pray in Jesus’ name and as he taught.
C: Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.
*Sunday at Emmanuel, Wednesday at St. John’s continue with…
CLOSING PRAYER & BLESSING
CLOSING HYMN Oh, How Good It Is bulletin pages 12, 13
*Sunday at St. John’s, continue with…
✠ Holy Communion ✠
M: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.
M: Lift up your hearts.
C: We lift them up to the Lord.
M: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
M: Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In love he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.
He sends his Holy Spirit to testify that we are his children
and to strength us when we are weak.
Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Christ.
To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and thanks and honor and glory for ever and ever.
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY Sanctus
WORDS OF INSTITUTION
M: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
O CHRIST, LAMB OF GOD Agnus Dei
DISTRIBUTION HYMNS — 492 Son of God, Eternal Savior
309 Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord
M: We give you thanks, O Lord, for the foretaste of the heavenly banquet that you have given us to eat and to drink in this sacrament. Through this gift you have fed our faith, nourished our hope, and strengthened our love. By your Spirit help us to live as your holy people until that day when you will receive us as your guests at the wedding supper of the Lamb, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
M: Brothers and sisters, go in peace.
Live in harmony with one another.
Serve the Lord with gladness.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
CLOSING HYMN Oh, How Good It Is
Cantors will introduce with verse 1, congregation can join at any time.
Activities for the week of October 13 – October 19
|WELCOME HOME SUNDAY|
|Sun.||8:00 A.M.||Emmanuel Worship|
|8:30 A.M.||St. John’s Sunday School|
|9:00 A.M.||SJ Adult Bible Study at St. John’s|
|10:00 A.M.||St. John’s Worship with communion|
|11:15 A.M.||St. John’s breakfast in lower level|
|Mon.||6:30 P.M.||Choir at St. John’s|
|7:30 P.M.||Adult Bible Study at St. John’s|
|Tues.||Joint Pastor’s Conference – Elkhart Lake|
|6:30 P.M.||Men’s Bible Study at St. John’s|
|Wed.||Joint Pastor’s Conference – Elkhart Lake|
|8:00 A.M.||St. John’s School Chapel|
|1:40 P.M.||St. John’s School/Little Lambs Early Release|
|6:30 P.M.||St. John’s Worship|
|7:30 P.M.||Bible Information Class at St. John’s|
|Thurs.||8:00 A.M.||St. John’s School Confirmation Class|
|6:00 P.M.||Griefshare at St. John’s lower level (6 of 13 weeks)|
|6:30 P.M.||Council meeting at St. John’s|
|Fri.||5:00 P.M.||Dolan/Kempf Wedding Rehearsal at St. John’s|
|Sat.||2:00 P.M.||Dolan/Kempf Wedding at St. John’s|
|Theme for Next Sunday October 20 , 2019 “Welcome Home – The Lost Are Now Found”|
|8:00 A.M.||Emmanuel Worship|
|8:30 A.M.||St. John’s Sunday School|
|9:00 A.M.||St. John’s Adult Bible Study|
|10:00 A.M.||St. John’s Worship|
|11:15 A.M.||St. John’s Voter meeting|
|2:00 P.M.||Pastor Nick Haarsch installation – Peace Green Lake|
INTERCESSORY PRAYERS – For those hospitalized, ill, shut-in and facing trials: Ron Blada, Liola Crown & son Terry, Agnes Dassow, Reinold Eckelberg, Harold Fandrey, Lilah Farrell, Xzander Jahr, Chris Krause (Gordy and Linda’s son), Shirley Krueger, Robert Lederer (Jackie and Jeanne Buchholz’ father), Delvin Mittelsteadt, Mark and Peggy Russell (Elsa’s son and daughter in-law), Katie Segrist (Pastor Gary & Orlene Johnson’s daughter), Doris Smith, Jennifer Strauss, Shirley Wilkens – (added this week: Lilah Farrell)
– For the family of Russell Gray, brother of St. John’s members Pam Hunter & Annette St. Onge, called home on 10/6
– For Bernice Wegner who celebrated her 70th birthday yesterday, 10/12
– For the family of our St. John’s member, Karl Whitrock, called home on 10/6
– For our communicants at St. John’s
WELCOME HOMESUNDAY: TODAY, OCTOBER 13TH THE BLESSING OF “HOME”
There’s something about home. Home is where you relax after a long day of work. Home is where you can let your hair down, because you know the people there will love you, even with your quirks and flaws. Home is where you feel most safe, in a world which is anything but. Jesus intended for his church to be more than a school where we learn about God’s Word. He intended it to be more than a cathedral where we praise our Creator. Jesus intended for church to be a home, a place where we gather with Christian family and enjoy all the blessings of home. Today, we are celebrating Welcome Home Sunday. We will talk about the importance of having the support of a Christian community.
ST. JOHN’S BREAKFAST Today, following our “Welcome Home” 10:00a.m. service at St. John’s, Stacie Starke will be hosting breakfast in the lower level. What’s on the menu: Biscuits, biscuits and more biscuits! Biscuits with sausage gravy, biscuits, sausage patty and cheese, biscuits with jam/jelly, cheezy tater tots with eggs and breakfast casseroles. See you there! Free will donations will be accepted. All donations will be going towards St. John’s parking lot.
EMMANUEL NEW MEMBER FELLOWSHIP On Sunday October 27th, following the 8:00am service. Please take some time to meet our newest members and enjoy donuts, juice and coffee.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY In memory of Bernice Wegner’s 70th birthday, yesterday October 12, $70.00 was given for St. John’s door fund. Thank you for your gift and birthday blessings to you!
VOTERS MEETING The next Voters meeting will be next Sunday, October 20th, following our 10:00am St. John’s service.
SNEAK PEAK AT THE GOSPEL Men’s Bible Study will continue this week Tuesday- 6:30pm – in St. John’s church basement.
DONATIONS FOR MARQUETTE COUNTY CARE & SHARE FOOD BANK St. John’s members are invited to share in the Sunday School’s October service project: collecting 1) non-perishable food items/paper products (Please be kind and watch expiration dates!) and 2) new & gently used winter accessories: hats/caps/gloves/mittens/scarves/neckgaiters/etc. Collection containers in the linkway. Deadline: End of October
CARDS FOR PRISON MINISTRY–YOU CAN HELP! Writing messages on card fronts for the WELS Prison Ministry is something everyone can do–men, women, teens, even grade school kids with parents or teachers supervising. Pick up a packet or two of cards in the St. John’s linkway and spend some time writing Bible verses or short inspirational messages related to the type of card (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or Praying for/Thinking of You cards). Instructions are included with each packet of cards. Return the completed cards to the collection box by Thanksgiving Day, November 28. Any questions, contact Linda Wachholz 608-369-2635.
SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY At, St. John’s, we begin to gather by 9am and are ready to go by 9:15am. “They” were watching Jesus. We need to be watching him too! How? Why?
ACTS–ACTIONS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH THE GOSPEL IN THE EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH Adult Bible Study meets Monday at 7:30pm & Wednesday at 10am in the St. John’s conference room.
NEW LIFE IN CHRIST Bible Information Class (leads to membership) is at 7:30pm in the St. John’s conference room (alternate times may also be scheduled).
GRIEFSHARE The 13-week session of Griefshare has begun. Sessions are held at 6:00p.m. in the lower level of St. John’s. Join us for week #7, October 17. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Mark Emond (608) 697-1600.
ACH What is ACH? Automated Clearing House is an electronic payments network use by individuals, businesses, financial institutions and government organizations. Interested in having your church offering automatically deposited? Stop by the office or Information Room and fill out your application today.
MEDITATIONS New “Meditations” WELS daily devotional booklets are available in the church entry (many thanks to our generous members for donating!)
CHRISTIAN ONE-LINERS (from a WELS pastor): “God loves everyone, but probably prefers ‘fruits of the spirit’ over religious nuts!”
SCHOLASTIC BOOKFAIR St. John’s is looking for an individual(s) who would want to run the Scholastic Book Fair. This has been a big success for our school and students in the past and we would love to continue this. Call the office if you or someone you know is interested!
JOIN US for THE FALL LWMS RALLY AT ZION-COLUMBUS – ALL ARE INVITED! MEN & CHILDREN, TOO! ”The Light of the Gospel Continues Shining in the Desert” is the theme for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) Fall Rally on Saturday, October 19. Pastor Dennis & Nancy Meier share from the 125th Anniversary of our Synod’s oldest mission field–Apacheland. 9:00 Registration begins with displays, Send One Sister silent auction, & an LWMS treasure hunt! 10:30 Apache-flavored Bible Study! 11:15 Business meeting; 11:45 Luncheon; 1:00 Devotion & Speaker. Carpool Signup in the Information Room or call your LWMS reporter Helen Stelter (297-7116) or Linda Wachholz (608-369-2635). Babysitting will be available! FALL SERVICE PROJECT for Peridot Our Savior Lutheran: 1) 4 items ONLY: crayons, markers, pencils, & glue sticks. 2) monetary donations to help Peridot purchase Scholastic books. Collection containers at each church. Your help is appreciated! Collecting through today Sunday, October 13.
Beaver Dam Circuit FALL RALLY
of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society
Saturday, October 19, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
at Zion-Columbus (Co-hosts St. John-Doylestown)
Speakers: Pastor Dennis & Nancy Meier
“The Light of the Gospel Continues Shining in the Desert”
(125 Years of Apacheland Mission History)
Carpooling Signup in the Information Room at St. John’s
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|St. John’s Altar Committee October 2019||Elaine Kelm & Carolyn Rosenthal|
Emm (comm) Darrell Buchholz, Bob Ferber, Joe Heller,
comm. assist. Lucas Stelter
SJ Kenon Smith; Chief, Gerhardt Voigt, Mitch Simon,
Gordon Krause, Glen Bubolz
Emm DuWayne Sommerfeld, Jim Stuempges, Gary Wegner
SJ (comm) Cal Kapp; Chief, Al Rosenthal, Christopher Smith,
Calvin Wojtalewicz, Thomas Wojtalewicz
Emm Wayne Stelter, Noah Buchholz, Paul Dahlke
SJ James Wachholz; Chief, Kenny Wojtalewicz, Zeb Zuehls,
Mark Emond, Ben Emond
Emm Lucas Stelter, Bruce Stelter, Joe Heller
SJ (comm) Jack Yates; Chief, Kevin Kaul, Corey Kaul, Ken Borzick,
Emm (comm) Don Stelter, Paul Wuerch, Gary Weger,
comm. assist. Wayne Stelter
SJ Don Smith; Chief, Paul Van Treeck, Haiden Van Treeck,
Nolan Van Treeck, Matt Borzick
Emm Darrell Buchholz, Glenn Buchholz, Paul Dahlke
SJ (comm) Kenon Smith; Chief, Martin Schmanke, Aaron Kendall,
Chuck Boetcher, Jim Eisermann
Emm DuWayne Sommerfeld, Warren Buchholz, Don Stelter
SJ Cal Kapp; Chief, Jerre Duerr, Robin Smith, Joe Zauner Sr.,
Joe Zauner Jr.
Emm Wayne Stelter, Bob Ferber, Gary Wegner
SJ (comm) James Wachholz; Chief, Jon Vote, Joe Vote,
Jesse Schable, Matt Neuhauser
November 27 Thanksgiving Eve
SJ Jack Yates; Chief, Ben Jaster, Jacob Jaster, Jeff Reimer,
November 28 Thanksgiving
Emm Darrell Buchholz, Don Stelter, Gary Wegner